Dear Editor,After news broke of aggregate payments of over $20 million to a sitting Minister’s child’s bank account, the Government, through Mr Joe Harmon, disclosed these payments to be for “scholarships” and no details were made available. Minister Broomes’ daughter is now a student of Howard University where she is reading for an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry and for all indications seems to be an educated young lady on the right path.I make no hesitation to say as Guyanese citizens, Ministers’ children are entitled to scholarships just like any other citizen but there must be a clear policy on how these scholarships are awarded. This particular awardee is no stranger to the media and controversy. If I am allowed to make a conclusion, this particular awardee is already a millionaire in US$ term. According to Minister Broomes in her May 2016 Joint Press Conference with Raphel Trotman, she has relinquished all her mining concessions since she became a Minister and her daughter, who shares the same name with her, is wholly the owner SD # 1967 on Mining Permit H43/MP/000. Minister Broomes, when questioned by the media, also acknowledged that she had long-term mining interest with Australian-owned mining company, Pharsalus Gold Inc (Troy Resources Limited) but she turned it over to her daughter.Government, in the interest of clarity and transparency, should come forward and tell the nation if there was a change in policy for granting of scholarships. Recent revelations in the absence of a clear policy in the awarding of scholarships to students seem to be very contentious, least of which are Ministers’ children.What makes this more bizarre is the firing of an entire department at the Ministry of the Presidency because it is alleged that these persons leaked information to the Leader of the Opposition and the wider press. Having failed to gain the public sympathy and the plot backfiring, the Government then used journalist Gordon Moseley to cast doubt over the awarding of a scholarship to Jessica Anthony, daughter of Frank Anthony. We wait to see who will get fired for releasing information to Gordon Moseley; we wait to see whom David Hinds will label as moles of News Source.Editor, in 2012 President Ramotar laid out a clear policy in which he said that the two top performers at CSEC and the two top performers at CAPE would be beneficiaries of Government scholarships to pursue studies at universities of their choice.Editor, the fact that $20 million was transferred to the personal bank account of the daughter of a Minister is strange. I myself being a student that studied medicine in Cuba under a GoG scholarship know this is very unusual. In fact, one would have to ask Mr Harmon on what basis was a scholarship awarded to the younger Broomes. Was she a top student? Was the Government offering scholarship to Howard University in Biology and Chemistry and after reviewing the application and interviewing Ms Broomes she came out as the top candidate? If either of the cases is true then kudos to her but to use Ms Anthony as a foil is unscholarly. For the media to treat Miss Anthony’s award as news or some corrupt activity is quite shocking. As recent as December 16 during the consideration of the estimates, Mr Harmon after being questioned by Gail Teixeira released a list of students that were being funded by the GoG and Ms Anthony’s name never raised eyebrows. In fact, on that occasion, what raised eyebrows was the fact that the then Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine’s daughter was benefiting from a $2.58 million scholarship in the UK. What was also shocking was the fact that Minister Nicolette Henry and Minister Annette Ferguson were receiving $3.36 and $3.38 million each to pursue their studies in the United States and the UK respectively. In fact, the current Minister of Public Service, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, had also received $3.4 million for studies in the UK.Editor, the hustlers are not only hustling from the Government. It is now common knowledge in the medical community that just a mere three months after taking office a former Junior Minister of Health, Dr Karen Cummings, instead of securing a scholarship for our cadre of healthcare workers wrote PAHO/WHO requesting for them to pay for her PhD. Thank God Dr Adu-Krow rejected this offer.It would be very interesting also for Minister Harmon to answer what criteria was used to grant those and whether they are now contractually bonded to serve the GoG. It would also be foolish to call on SARA and SOCU to investigate these transgressions since one of their own, Godfrey Bess, son of PNC executive Gary Bess, was the recipient of a scholarship for $3.5 million under the same circumstances. He happened to study Forensic Auditing and is now the head of investigation of the Public Procurement Commission.Sincerely,Hema Maniram
The Mano River Union (MRU) sub-region, which comprises Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and La Cote D’Ivoire, is not yet fully relieved from the grasp of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) that has devastated and crippled the already weak economies of its member states, exacerbating food insecurity in Sierra Leone and Liberia, a senior official of the World Bank (WB) has said.As a result, the senior official said the destiny of the region lies in the hands of its member states.World Bank Senior Agricultural Specialist, Dr. Abimbola Adubi, said it is time for the region and Africa to take over its destiny because the continent has all of what it takes to become one of the most advanced continents on the globe.It is therefore no secret that despite the abundant natural resources that the Mano River sub-region is endowed with, coupled with vast arable land for agriculture, the EVD outbreak impacted the region due to lack of those infrastructures that are mostly needed.Making remarks at a two-day MRU conference in Monrovia on Monday, Dr. Adubi said, the region may have all of the natural resources, but will only achieve its true development potential through agriculture. The MRU conference is a sub-regional consultation aimed at developing a strategy to increase Rain-Fed and Upland rice production in the region, especially in the three worst affected Ebola countries. Participants are drawn from the four member states of the region. The consultation ends today and it is being held under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Liberia office of the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP).“It is time for the region to take over its destiny. The MRU and the African continent in general, will only develop through agriculture,” Dr. Adubi insisted.He said the World Bank is now striking deals with the continent on the basis of a Win-Win situation in the interest of the people. This has to do with encouraging and empowering countries to focus more on areas of their comparative advantages that will be more beneficial.He charged the delegates to come out with results that will be in the interest of the people of the region so that agriculture can be prioritized.He also suggested four points that should be given consideration during their deliberations. These have to do with high productivity; strengthening of seed systems; how to support farmers; value addition which would also call for the inclusion of the private sector and national action plans that are innovative but do not exceed two years.Agriculture Minister designate, Dr. Moses Zinnah, said it has been proven that agriculture is four times more efficient to reduce poverty than any other sector of the economy. He noted that it is unfortunate that the continent spends US$35 billion on food importation though it makes up 65% of arable land of the globe that is suitable for agricultural activities.Dr. Zinnah indicated that food is life and when available in abundance for the needs of the citizenry, it also serves as security. Also making remarks, the Deputy Secretary General of MRU, Dr. Simeon Moriba, indicated that rice has social, political, economic and security implications as was the case with Liberia during the late 1970s.He wondered why the region is still faced with the crisis of food insecurity though this problem has persisted for years under successive regimes. He said that the problem was the result of the lack of tangible actions and hoped that the conference would go a long way in addressing them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The housing slowdown came after several years of unprecedented gains in home sales and prices. The increases were fueled largely by historically low interest rates and the availability of exotic mortgages that allowed homebuyers to forgo a downpayment while paying only interest for the first few years of the loan. Many of these loans did not require good credit or proof of income from the buyer. Such loans, known as subprime mortgages, encouraged many homebuyers to buy more than they could afford. But the housing slowdown – with many more sellers than buyers – has seen many of these homeowners fall behind on their mortgage payments as their monthly bills eventually rose to include the principal. And the escape route – selling the house to pay off the mortgage – was blocked by a drop in home prices that left many home values at less than the mortgage amount. 2. Mortgage industry woes That brings us to the No.2 business story of the year: the mortgage meltdown. The slowing housing market has resulted in a sharp rise in mortgage defaults. For example, the number of foreclosure filings in November spiked by 68percent nationwide, compared with the same time last year, according to Irvine-based RealtyTrac Inc. That was 201,950 foreclosure filings reported for the month. The mortgage troubles were especially rough on lenders heavily involved in subprime loans such as Calabasas-based Countrywide Financial Corp., the nation’s biggest mortgage lender, and Irvine-based New Century Financial Corp. Countrywide’s stock price dropped to about a fifth of its 52-week high as the company’s credit rating tumbled and its monthly home loan production eventually dropped by about half compared with the year before. New Century announced that its mortgage troubles were forcing it into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. 3. Toy recalls It was also a rough year for El Segundo-based Mattel Inc. Over the summer, as the company prepared for the busy Christmas shopping season, the world’s largest toymaker announced recalls of millions of lead-tainted toys from China. Like other major toymakers, Mattel uses Chinese factories to produce many of its toys because the production costs in the Asian nation are so low. But these cost savings have come at a price. Against Mattel’s own instructions, some Chinese factories made millions of toys with paint that contained lead, which can be harmful if ingested. Recalled toys included Barbie, Polly Pocket dolls, Tanner play sets and others. That sent Mattel into crisis mode, as company Chairman and CEO Robert Eckert announced major enhancements in its oversight of Chinese-made toys. This included “significantly increased” spot testing and other safety protocols at manufacturing plants. 4. Pain at the pump Gasoline prices rose nationwide in 2007. The average price of gasoline in the United States rose 21cents, or 8percent, this year to about $2.79, according to the Lundberg survey of about 7,000 gas stations. In car-dependent Southern California, the price of gasoline hovered around $3 a gallon or more through much of the year. In mid-December, the average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area was about $3.29, up 80cents over last year, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. The price of gasoline nationwide rose as the price of crude oil increased from $60 a barrel at the start of 2007 to more than $90 now. The increase was because of growing demand from such nations as China and India, as well as the dropping value of the U.S. dollar, which has made imports such as oil more expensive. 5. WGA goes on strike Hollywood writers went on strike in early November, the first such labor action in nearly two decades. Late-night talk shows such as CBS’ “The Late Show with David Letterman” immediately began airing reruns as the Writers Guild of America and studios were unable to agree on how much writers should make for content distributed on the Internet. With no new scripts, many shows, including ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” stopped production, putting actors, makeup artists, set designers, key grips and others out of work. Restaurants and other businesses that serve the entertainment industry also have been hit by the strike. 6. Tainted spinach, lettuce Toys weren’t the only products recalled in 2007. In September, an E. coli outbreak traced to tainted spinach was blamed for the death of one person and the illnesses of more than 100 others, as federal officials announced the recall of 34 spinach brands. E. coli cases linked to tainted spinach were reported in at least 19 states, with a majority of cases in Wisconsin. San Juan Bautista, Calif.-based Natural Selection Foods LLC, the world’s largest producer of organic produce, was linked to the infected greens. In October, an E. coli scare involving lettuce led to a voluntary lettuce recall by producer Nunes Co. Inc. of more than 8,500 cartons of green leaf lettuce grown on one farm in the Salinas Valley. Both recalls scared consumers into at least temporarily reducing consumption of spinach and lettuce. 7. Food prices soar As Americans dealt with higher gasoline prices and a drop in the value of their homes in 2007, food prices also pinched their wallets. The price of wheat, corn, rice and soybeans soared despite big U.S. harvests, as China and India turned their growing wealth into increased consumption of these commodities. Wheat prices rose 90percent, soybeans 80percent and corn 20percent. In the first 11 months of 2007, U.S. producer prices for food increased at an annualized rate of 7.5percent, the second highest increase since 1980. 8. Tesco debuts in state In November, Tesco, the world’s third-largest retailer, rolled out its first six U.S. grocery stores in an ambitious bid for American shopping dollars. The first half-dozen stores were all in Southern California. The British retailer, whose U.S. arm is based in El Segundo, plans to spend $2billion over five years to open hundreds of stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. Each of Tesco’s Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets will have about 10,000 square feet of space, roughly the size of a Trader Joe’s. Tesco hopes its stores will appeal to American consumers by offering fresh fruit, organic products and precooked meals, with quick checkout like a convenience store. 9. Superjumbo jet at LAX In March, Airbus’ A-380 superjumbo, the world’s largest passenger plane, landed at LAX for the first time, promising a new era of air transportation. The aircraft, which can carry more than 800 passengers, was fully equipped when it made its second landing at LAX in November. Qantas Airways will be the first to offer regular A-380 flights through LAX. The flights will begin in the fall of 2008 between LAX and Australia. 10. Stock market swings U.S. stock indices behaved erratically in 2007, as concerns about an economic slowdown led by the subprime meltdown made investors more cautious with their money. The Dow Jones industrial average peaked at 14,280.00 in October, from a low of 11,926.80 in March. Then the index plunged to below 13,000, before recovering somewhat. The technology-heavy Nasdaq Composite was also hit by worries of economic slowdown, pulling back from its October high of 2,861.51. email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonReminiscent of the housing slump of the last decade, home sales took a major dive in 2007, with a double-digit year-over-year plunge nationwide. That was followed by a drop in home prices that also reached double digits in some markets, including Southern California. In November, Los Angeles County saw a nearly 12percent drop in the value of previously owned houses compared with a year earlier, according to the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. Sales fell almost 37percent. Statewide, prices also sank about 12percent, with sales down 36percent. According to the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller national home price index, prices in October posted the largest drop since early 1991. October also represented the 23rd consecutive month that prices nationwide either fell or grew more slowly than the month prior. Some economists predict the housing market will bottom out next year, while others say the bad news will last into 2009 and beyond. Could it be the early 1990s all over again? Or maybe the 1980s or 1970s? It certainly feels that way. From the housing crisis to striking writers to high gas prices, old was new again in 2007. Here is a look at the year’s top local business stories: 1. Home sales, prices drop The housing market suffered a major slump in 2007, representing this year’s top business story.
The HSE’s QUIT campaign has launched a new TV advert featuring this emotive message from Gerry Collins who has terminal lung cancer caused by smoking.Gerry and his family have generously volunteered to be part of this new phase of the HSE’s QUIT campaign, in the hope that their story will inspire and encourage smokers to quit.In 2011, Gerry Collins was one of three people featured in the QUIT campaign’s films and TV adverts, telling his story of recovery from tobacco-related throat cancer. In summer 2013, Gerry contacted the HSE to say he had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, and to ask if this new chapter in his story could form a new phase of the QUIT campaign, which is a partnership between the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society.Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director of Health and Wellbeing, said at a preview of the adverts: ‘Gerry and his family, having reflected on their previous experience with QUIT and the HSE, have allowed us a window into their family life, and into how they are coping with and reacting to Gerry’s diagnosis.“By working with us to create new, hard-hitting TV commercials; discussing his smoking, his illness, his expected death and the anticipated loss to his family; Gerry hopes to inspire other people to quit smoking and help them to avoid the pain of illness and premature separation from their loved ones.’Gerry’s new adverts will be used on TV, radio and online from this week onwards, and the first of these can be viewed here. TV Advert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mposl7PnHZw , Online Extended Version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1pfiJr6kjcDr. Fenton Howell, National Tobacco Control Advisor, Dept of Health, said: ‘This new campaign was developed following a detailed review of evidence of similar campaigns undertaken around the world, and review of responses to first phase of the QUIT campaign.“This review shows that testimonials like Gerry’s have a track record of being hugely effective in smoking cessation campaigns. Gerry’s unique and profoundly generous offer to create these adverts has given the HSE an opportunity to tell a powerful and impactful story and to help a lot of smokers make a quit attempt.’Gerry Collins, attending the preview event with his family and friends from Greystones where he lives.He said: ‘There were three reasons I decided I wanted to do this – firstly it was for myself, a positive thing for me to invest my energy in while dealing with my cancer. Secondly, I thought it would be good for my family, creating something powerful and meaningful for my kids to look back on. And finally, if even one person stops smoking because of what we’ve done, then it will all be worth it for me.”John McCormack, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society said: ‘We are very grateful to Gerry Collins who has shown extreme bravery and generosity in allowing us the privilege of sharing this precious time in his life. I am certain that as a result of Gerry sharing his honest account of being a smoker and the impact smoking has had on his health, other smokers will be moved to take action and finally quit smoking for good and non-smokers will resist the temptation to start.’ You can QUIT – there is help:Thousands of people will make the decision to try to quit smoking this week – or later on this year. We provide a range of free services that have been proven to double their chances of succeeding.· Visit www.quit.ie and sign up for an online QUIT plan· Call the QUITline 1850 201 203 · Join our Facebook support group www.facebook.com/HSEquit (64,000 and growing)· Talk to your GP or pharmacist for help, and also supports and medicationsThings you should know:· Smoking places an enormous burden of illness and mortality on our society, affecting the 800,000 people who smoke in Ireland, their families, and to a costly and avoidable extent, our health service. Smoking is our leading cause of death, heart disease and chronic illness, and accounts for some 5,200 deaths in Ireland every year. Smoking related diseases cost the HSE €1 to €2 billion to care for annually.· The National Tobacco Control Office in the HSE monitors national adult smoking prevalence on a monthly basis, and the current smoking prevalence is 22%, down from 28% in 2007. The most recent Health Behaviour in School Children survey has also shown a reduction in children’s smoking prevalence, down from 15.3% in 2006, to 12% in 2010. While these declines in smoking prevalence represent progress, there is a need to accelerate that progress in order to achieve tobacco free status (smoking prevalence <5%) by 2025. The World Health Organisation recommends that nations undertake a range of regulatory, legislative and public information strategies in order to reduce smoking prevalence.· The QUIT campaign from the HSE and Irish Cancer Society has been in place since June 2011, and is based on local research, expert participation and best international evidence. Our campaign takes stories shared by real Irish people to illustrate the stark fact that ‘1 in every 2 smokers will die of a tobacco related disease’. QUIT has proven to be one of the HSE’s most comprehensive and effective social marketing campaigns, prompting over 480,000 quit attempts and providing support to many thousands of quitters.· Since 2011, Gerry has been one of three great people who allowed their personal stories to lead the HSE’s QUIT campaign. Gerry and two of his children featured in a 30 second TV ad and a longer online film which you can see here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lZrw2SKQq4 and on www.quit.ie .· The other stories featured Margaret O’Brien from Kilkenny, who was 17 when her mum Jackie died from tobacco related lung cancer (Watch Margaret’s story here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUuxBTZ510 ) and Pauline Bell from Wexford, whose husband George died from a tobacco related heart attack at the age of 48. (Watch Pauline’s story here http://youtu.be/6mOVwh4Vyeg )· These adverts have had a huge impact on smokers in Ireland, forming one of the most effective behaviour change public education campaigns that the HSE has ever been involved in. Since the campaign started, we estimate that 480,000 quit attempts have been made in Ireland, more than double the level of quits before the campaign started – and these quits can be directly attributed to the stories told by Gerry, Margaret and Pauline.· Results from QUIT – since June 2011:Visits to QUIT.ie348,000QUITplan Signups24,000Facebook Members64,000QUITline Calls7,000The HSE monitors uptake of all the above support services on an ongoing basis, and since the QUIT campaign began in 2011, average uptake of online support services has more than doubled, with calls the QUIT line remaining steady.· Based on ongoing behavioural research, both in Ireland and internationally, we know that consistently only 5% of all quitters use a support service; most go ‘cold turkey’. Based on the 24,000 people who used our online interactive QUITplan, only one of the range of supports offered, an estimated 480,000 quit attempts have been made in Ireland since June 2011. This is a conservative estimate as a range of other supports, via the QUITline, GPs and Pharmacists are also provided. Most smokers make a number of attempts before finally succeeding, and the more attempts a smoker makes, the more likely they are to quit for good.DDTV: LUNG CANCER VICTIM GERRY ON WHY YOU SHOULD QUIT SMOKING IN 2014 was last modified: December 31st, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gerry Collinsquitquit smokingTV advert
Chairman of the Donegal Hospice Dr James McDaid has said Highland Radio will now only get a fixed fee from a new fundraising venture between the two parties.Chairman of the Donegal Hospice, Dr James McDaid.Chairman of the Hospice, Dr McDaid, today gave evidence in court as he applied for a license for a new bingo game.Dr McDaid revealed that the local radio station will now get a fixed fee for the game which will not exceed 40%. The well-known local GP said there had been previous controversy when Highland had an agreement with Rehab.He said local people were concerned that money being raised locally was not being spent locally.He said the Hospice committee had met with Highland and had come to an agreement.Under the new agreement Highland will get a fixed fee which will not exceed 40% of the first 1,600 bingo books sold. However, he said the Donegal Hospice now hoped to increase the sale of bingo books from 1,600 to 2,500.Dr McDaid also referred to the fact that the Hospice was in “dire need” of financial assistance.Highland ended their association with Rehab on May 2nd.The radio station had applied to the Letterkenny District Court for a bingo license several weeks ago, with the station saying it wanted to earn €52,000-a-year profits from “running costs” and giving the rest to the Donegal Hospice.Judge Paul Kelly had asked radio station director Hazel Russell at a previous hearing to provide a break-down of its proposed figures. He also told her that no more than 40 per cent of cash generated could be spent on administration.Ms Russell revealed the station would charge €25 every time bingo numbers were read out, and this happened eight times per day. This would amount to €1,000 per week – or €52,000 per annum – as bingo was played five times per week.But Ms Russell later returned to the same court to say the license application was being withdrawn.At today’s court sitting, Judge Paul Kelly granted the new license and wished Dr McDaid and the Donegal Hospice the best of luck with the new venture. HIGHLAND AGREE TO ‘FIXED FEE’ FOR NEW BINGO GAME WITH DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:charitydonegaldonegal hospiceHighland RadioLetterkenny District Court
COMMUNITY Alert: Gardaí have warned communities across Donegal that criminal gangs are once again operating in several areas.Burglars fled a house in Killea last night after being disturbed by residents returning home.The community in east Donegal has been victimised over and over again in recent months by heartless thieves. Community patrols by residents in the area are being stepped up as fears grow that burglary gangs believe it is safe again to return after a high profile campaign against them in the Spring.A text alert scheme is operating across many parishes in the area with neighbours and friends also checking on neighbours.Communities in that area should remain vigilant, say Gardaí.Donegal Daily has learned a gang of Dublin criminals specialising in targeting rural areas is back operating in the county. They use criminal associates in Derry to ‘fence’ stolen property. COMMUNITY ALERT: BURGLARS TARGETING HOMES AGAIN was last modified: June 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:alertburglarGardaiKilleaSt Johnston
A new deep-dive from Sports Illustrated shows a pattern of bizarre, bad behavior from now-former Raider Antonio Brown. The allegations include an instance of approaching a woman artist he’d hired, wearing nothing but a small towel covering his groin area.The unnamed painter said that Brown had liked a portrait she painted of him for charity, so he paid her a $1,000 daily fee to travel from New York City to his suburban Pittsburgh home to paint a mural.Brown flirted with the artist, SI’s …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recent enforcement action against a Massachusetts granola maker for listing “love” as an ingredient in its product is a clear indication that the agency has time and resources to enforce regulations against the use of the term “milk” on the labels of plant-derived dairy imitators, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said.In a letter to FDA, NMPF pointed out that many of the same criticisms leveled by the agency against Nashoba Brook Bakery’s granola and bread products apply to the manufacturers of plant beverages that are in violation of FDA standards of identity defining milk as the product of a dairy animal.“While we have no doubt that the folks at Nashoba do indeed put love into the manufacture of their product, we hate to see misleading food labels that don’t comply with legal standards that other companies follow,” said Jim Mulhern, president and CEO of NMPF. “We hope that the agency’s enforcement action against a small New England baker for misusing food labeling standards, innocuous though this violation might be, is a prelude to FDA taking action against the myriad companies that manufacture hundreds of dairy imitators that also misappropriate federally-defined terms such as ‘milk’ and ‘yogurt,’” NMPF said in its letter to FDA.In a warning letter sent recently to Nashoba Brook Bakery, FDA cited the company for listing “love” as an ingredient in its granola: “‘Love’ is not a common or usual name of an ingredient, and is considered to be intervening material because it is not part of the common or usual name of the ingredient,” the letter said.The FDA letter also warned the Concord, Mass., bakery that its whole wheat bread “fails to conform” to the standard of identity for products made from whole wheat flour: “This product contains wheat flour and corn meal. Therefore, it does not meet the standard of identity for whole wheat bread.”NMPF has been engaged in on-going efforts to highlight similar deficiencies with the misleading use of the term “milk” on products made from nuts, grains, and seeds, yet “no enforcement activity has taken place,” Mulhern said. He noted that NMPF has provided FDA this year with multiple examples of misbranded imitation dairy foods, mostly recently the artificial dairy beverage Blue Magic Cashew Milk.“FDA’s labeling enforcement must be consistent. The agency needs to enforce the proper labeling of all products that are currently playing fast and loose with federal food standards,” NMPF wrote the agency. “Any food product that uses a food name established by a standard of identity but does not conform to the essential characteristics established by that standard is by law misbranded (21 U.S.C. §343(g)).”
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